Import WordPress.org tar.gz. files to wordpress.com

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  • #3032470

    cjn486
    Member

    Hi,

    Recently both my domain and host expired. I have contacted bluehost my old host to see if they had any backup files, but to much time had past!

    I did (or so I thought) had my site being regularly backed up each week in a dropbox. In the dropbox account that i had being backed up were files being regularly backed up that ended with tar.gz files. That zipped file is about 180MB in size.

    Was this only my site settings? or could it be my actual posts? All I care about at this point in time are my writings and blogs. When I started everything was new to me, but I know I did follow a lot of instructions and peoples recommendations about backups.

    Is there any way to upload these files to my free wordpress.com site?

    Any help or ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

    The blog I need help with is caseynowlin.wordpress.com.

    #3032646

    cjn486
    Member

    The blog i used to have was “www.caseynowlin.com” It is currently owned by someone else and is for sale! I am just trying to get my old info/writings to the new http://www.caseynowlin.wordpress.com site.

    #3032705

    Hi Casey,

    The blog i used to have was “www.caseynowlin.com” It is currently owned by someone else and is for sale!

    caseynowlin.com was registered through FastDomain so you will need to contact them and ask whether it is still possible to recover your domain. We are only able to help recover domains that have been registered through WordPress.com.

    I have contacted bluehost my old host to see if they had any backup files, but to much time had past!

    If Bluehost are unable to provide you with a backup of content from http://www.caseynowlin.com there are a couple of options you could explore:

    1. Look to see if the .tar.gz file you have contains any .xml files. If so, you could try importing the .xml files into WordPress.com to see if they contains any posts or pages.

    2. Check whether Google has a cached version of your content in their search results. These steps will guide you through the process:

    https://support.google.com/websearch/answer/1687222?hl=en

    3. Look for cached content on the Wayback Machine (Internet Archive). I’ve been able to find a version of your site from April 2016:

    http://web.archive.org/web/20160404000111/http://www.caseynowlin.com/

    Although it may be slightly out of date, it gives you the option to recover some of your content if you don’t have any backups. You’ll need to copy it from that site and manually paste it into caseynowlin.wordpress.com.

    Come back to me if you have any questions.

    #3032725

    cjn486
    Member

    Thanks for the reply!

    I have looked into the backup and cant seem to find any .xml files. I guess maybe i was backing up something else?….

    I tried going through your link for the wayback machine, but it didnt work for me, it said no results found. If i can see an old version of my site from 2016 that would be great! Do i need to create an account at Wayback machine? Will i be able to navigate the site?

    I dont know all of my old URL’s to be able to search each post. Only http://www.caseynowlin.com

    #3032728

    cjn486
    Member

    I finally got it to work! I think they must have a lot of traffic server problems, but I have been able to recover over 30K words so far.

    Thanks so much!

    #3032730

    Hi Casey,

    > I think they must have a lot of traffic server problems, but I have been able to recover over 30K words so far.

    This is great news! Did you recover them from a backup or using the Wayback Machine? No account is needed for that site, you should be able to view the results without one.

    #3032735

    cjn486
    Member

    I wasnt able to recover anything from a backup, i found them in the wayback machine and copied/pasted them into my local files.

    Thanks so much. Ill have to do so work to put them on the free hosted wordpress.com site, maybe one day when im not as busy ill switch back over to the .org account and pay for the transfer. Im thinking thats the best route to take at the moment.

    Thanks again, Happy to hear any other advice, thoughts ya have!

    #3032747

    Hi Casey,

    when im not as busy ill switch back over to the .org account and pay for the transfer. Im thinking thats the best route to take at the moment.

    If you have any questions about features or what can be done on WordPress.com, I’d be happy to answer them :)

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